USTA Junior National Tournament, Ranking, and Sanctioning Regulations
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MULTIPLE ENTRIES AND SELECTION PROCESS
Players may choose ONE of the following options, but NOT both:
OPTION 1: Enter any ONE (1) division of TWO (2) concurrent USTA National Level 3 Tournaments (this may be a different division in each tournament)
OPTION 2: Enter TWO (2) divisions of ONE (1) USTA National Level 3 Tournament
Players may PLAY in only ONE division of ONE tournament. Players who register for three (3) or more events will be given 5 suspension points and will only be selected into a maximum of two events
DEADLINE FOR NOTIFICATION
PLAYERS SELECTED INTO MULTIPLE CONCURRENT EVENTS MUST NOTIFY THE APPROPRIATE TOURNAMENT DIRECTORS BY TUESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2019, 5:00 PM EST, AS TO WHICH EVENT THEY WILL COMPETE IN. FAILURE TO COMPLY WILL RESULT IN SUSPENSION POINTS.
SCHEDULE OF PLAY
Saturday - 2 rounds main draw, one round of consolation, 2 rounds doubles.
Sunday – 2 rounds main draw, two rounds of consolation; 5/6 Playoff Semifinal, Doubles semis, finals and 3/4 Playoff.
Monday – Main draw Final, 3/4 Playoff, 5/6 Playoff Final and Consolation Semis and Finals.
SITES AND PRACTICE COURTS
ALL MATCHES WILL BE PLAYED AT:
SURPRISE TENNIS AND RACQUET COMPLEX;
14469 W. PARADISE LANE
SURPRISE, AZ 85374
PRACTICE COURTS WILL BE AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGE TO PLAYERS STARTING ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 18. PLEASE CALL 623.222.2400 TO BOOK A PRACTICE COURT TIME ON FRIDAY. DESIGNATED PRACTICE COURTS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE TOURNAMENT SITE ON SUNDAY AND MONDAY. A RESERVATION SHEET FOR PRACTICE COURTS WILL BE LOCATED AT THE TOURNAMENT DESK.
The following criteria shall be used to do seeding at national junior tournaments:
Number of Seeds
32-8 seeds: all seeded numerically
1. Seeding shall be done using the most recently published National Singles Seeding List of the division.
• Players may be moved within major groups (1-4, 5-8, 9-16, 17-32) due to direct wins if players are separated by less than 100 ranking points.
• Players may be moved between major groups due to direct wins if players are separated by less than 50 ranking points.
2. Players with ATP, WTA, ITF and WTA rankings shall also be considered.
3. Players not yet considered for seeding who have ratings within the competitive range of those being considered for seeding may also be considered for seeding. Additionally, a player already under consideration for seeding may be seeded higher or lower if justified by the competitive range of the ratings.
PER USTA NATIONAL LEVEL 3 RECOMMENDATIONS, THE FOLLOWING MATCHES WILL BE CHAIRED:
MAIN DRAW SINGLES:BOYS AND GIRLS
3/4 PLAY OFF SINGLES: BOYS AND GIRLS
DOUBLES FINALS: BOYS AND GIRLS
ALL OTHER MATCHES WILL UTILIZE ROVING OFFICIALS AT THE RATIO OF ONE ROVING OFFICIAL PER 4 MATCH COURTS.
Membership in the USTA is required to compete in all USTA National Championships, USTA National Doubles Championships, USTA National Level 2 Tournaments, USTA National Level 3 Tournaments, Additional USTA Junior National Tournaments, USTA National Spring Team Championships, USTA National Team Championships, USTA Intersectional Team Championships, and USTA Zone Team Championships. All U.S. juniors must be in good standing with the USTA to enter ITF Tournaments and USTA International Tournaments, which includes USTA Membership.
The USTA uses a "month of birth" age eligibility rule for junior players competing in USTA-sanctioned tournaments. This rule applies to all local, district, sectional and national USTA-sanctioned tournaments – it does not apply to USTA International Tournaments and ITF Tournaments.
"Month of birth" means junior players may continue to play in the 12, 14, 16 and 18 age divisions until the month they turn 13, 15, 17 or 19,respectively. USTA International Tournaments and ITF Tournaments use a "year of birth" age eligibility rule. Juniors may play the 18s, 16s, 14s or 12s division until the year in which they turn 13, 15, 17 or 19, respectively.
Professional players who are age eligible may enter and play in all USTA National Championships. USTA International Tournaments and ITF Tournaments are governed by ITF Regulations and allow professional players to play. All other USTA junior tournaments are limited to amateurs.
Citizenship and Residency Requirements
USTA National Championships, USTA National Doubles Championships, USTA National Level 2 Tournaments, USTA National Level 3 Tournaments, Additional USTA Junior National Tournaments, USTA National Spring Team Championships, USTA National Team Championships, USTA Intersectional Team Championships and USTA Zone Team Championships shall be open to U.S. citizens and:
Permanent resident aliens of the United States.
* Diplomats. Aliens who have resided in the United States continuously for more than one year and who are members of families of persons in the diplomatic or consular corps.
* Aliens with Refugee Status. Aliens who have been granted Refugee Status.
* Aliens with Asylee Status. Aliens who have been granted Asylee Status. Aliens with Temporary Protected Status. Aliens who have been granted Temporary Protected Status.
* Aliens with Adjustment Status. Aliens whose I-485 (Application to Register Permanent Resident or Adjust Status) has been accepted for filing.
* British Columbians. Canadian citizens and landed Canadian immigrants who reside in British Columbia, provided that they were USTA members for at least one month during 2010 and so long as they do not allow their USTA memberships to laps for a period of more than six months.
* Documents commonly used to support a particular alien status include a permanent resident alien card (green card), Form I-94, or a receipt confirming filing of the I-485. The citizenship and residency requirements do not apply to USTA International Tournaments and ITF Tournaments.
WITHDRAWALS AND ENTRY FEE REFUNDS
WITHDRAWALS AND ENTRY FEE REFUNDS AT USTA NATIONAL JUNIOR TOURNAMENTS
It is a player’s responsibility to immediately take action to withdraw from the tournament should circumstances arise which would not enable a player to compete. Good sportsmanship and the USTA Regulations dictate that a player should never:
• enter a tournament they do not intend to finish
• withdraw from a tournament after entries close unless it is for injury, illness or personal circumstance
• enter two or more concurrent tournaments without prior written approval from each Tournament Committee
WITHDRAWING FROM A TOURNAMENT
• Prior to Entry Deadline: If entries have not yet closed, a player may withdraw by going to the tournament’s USTA TennisLink homepage – the same web page where the player registered for the tournament. Once in the system, click on the “Register Now” text in red. When taken to the next page, click on “Withdraw” on the left-hand side of the screen. You will need your confirmation number from your original registration to withdraw. Because your credit card will not be charged prior to the entry deadline, no refund needs to be made. If you cannot locate your confirmation number, contact email@example.com.
• Previously Authorized Entries into Concurrent Tournaments: If a player has previously received written approval to enter concurrent tournaments from each Tournament Committee, the player must immediately notify the Tournament Director and/or Referee to let them know which tournament the player has chosen to play.
• After Entry Deadline: Immediately contact the tournament to withdraw from the tournament – telephone numbers and email addresses of the Tournament Director and/or Referee will be posted on the tournament’s USTA TennisLink homepage. Players must also fulfill the written verification requirements described below if the withdrawal is for injury, illness or personal circumstance and the player wants to avoid being levied USTA Suspension Points.
ENTRY FEE REFUND
Player is Not Accepted Into Tournament: If a player has previously paid an entry fee and is not accepted into the tournament, the player is entitled to a refund. Generally, in USTA National Junior Tournaments, no player is charged an entry fee until tournament selection is done and the acceptance list is published to the tournament website. The TennisLink processing fee paid in addition to the entry fee is not refundable.
Previously Authorized Entries into Concurrent Tournaments: If a player has previously received written authority to enter concurrent tournaments from each Tournament Committee, the player is entitled to a refund from the tournament(s) that will not be played. The TennisLink processing fee paid, in addition to the entry fee, is not refundable.
Other Withdrawals after the Entry Deadline: Players who withdraw after the entry deadline for any reason other than a previously authorized entry into concurrent tournaments are not entitled to a refund.
USTA SUSPENSION POINTS
Any withdrawal (other than for previously authorized entry into concurrent tournaments) that does not meet the written verification requirements described below by the last scheduled day of the tournament (and, in the case of personal circumstances, has also been approved as a personal circumstance by the Referee) will result in the player being levied suspension points, and any match that is not played will be coded as a Default.
Written Verification Requirement for Withdrawals Due to Injury, Illness or Personal Circumstance:
• Illness or Injury: The required written verification of an injury or illness must be from a medical professional and must be received by the tournament no later than the last scheduled day of the tournament.
• Personal Circumstance: If the player is withdrawing because of a personal circumstance, the player must deliver a written description of the situation no later than the last scheduled day of the tournament, and the Referee will determine whether the situation is a personal circumstance.
USTA PLAYER RELEASE
ALL PLAYER MUST FILL OUT A USTA RELEASE AND WAIVER FORM PRIOR TO YOUR FIRST MATCH. YOU MAY EMAIL THE FORM DIRECTLY TO THE TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR AT GUILLERMO.LUCERO@SURPRISEAZ.GOV OR SUBMIT IT PRIOR TO YOUR FIRST MATCH.
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PLAYERS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PLAY WITHOUT THIS FORM.
SINGLES MAIN DRAW: BEST OF THREE TIE-BREAK SETS
SINGLES CONSOLATION DRAW: BEST OF 3 WITH A 10 POINT MATCH TIE-BREAK IN LIEU OF A THIRD SET.
DOUBLES: SINGLE ELIMINATION-8 GAME PRO SET WITH 7 POINT TIE BREAK AT 8 GAMES ALL. NO-AD SCORING. THERE WILL BE A 3/4 PLAYOFF
SURFACE: HARD COURTS
SINGLES: 32 PLAYERS
DOUBLES: 16 TEAMS
ALL MATCHES WILL BE PLAYED WITH WILSON US OPEN BALLS. BOYS WILL PLAY WITH EXTRA DUTY BALLS, GIRLS WILL PLAY WITH REGULAR DUTY BALLS.
OPEN DRAW WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 15TH AT 9:00 AM AT THE SURPRISE TENNIS AND RACQUET COMPLEX, 14469 W. PARADISE LANE, SURPRISE, AZ 85374.
DRAWS WILL BE POSTED BY 12 PM WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16TH.
NATIONAL RANKING POINT TABLES
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Players are selected manually by the tournament director after the close of registration.
Entry to this tournament is restricted. To see how entrants will be selected, follow the “Selection Process” link to the left. It is the player’s responsibility to check the selection list(s) after registering online to be sure that a check mark appears beside the player’s name on the list, in order to insure proper registration. Entries must be submitted by Thursday, December 27, 2018 11:59:00 AM Eastern Time. Only USTA members can register online if available.
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